Ancient Yew.

If this doesn’t inspire me, then I don’t know what will.

Such a beautiful ancient tree, tucked away in Somerset.

1760 years old.

The things this tree must have seen, just imagine the conversations it has absorbed, never to even whisper someone’s secrets to the world.

I Am An Ancient Tree

You Enter My Presence At Your Own Risk.

Soul Keeper.

In the distance, a thin willowy figure emerged from the mist. Her head bowed and her hands working at a string of beads, her pace never wavered. As she walked, almost glided, her lips moved, her way to pray. She had known great hardship in her life, her only solace was found in prayer. She would never acknowledge anyone; she was somehow in a time and space beyond our world, she walked with the spirits.  Long gone souls that were now lost to most people, no more than myths on gossips lips.

Today, though, she did something no-one had ever witnessed before. 

Her face, glum as ever turned slowly towards the sound of trickling water and beautiful birds. Their chorus a sweet sound that came through the air as almost a soothing hum.  She stooped at the stream, hesitating, taking in her new surroundings before plunging her hands into her pocket to retrieve three bones, which she immediately cast into the stream whilst muttering an unknown chant. She straightened herself up and a low painful growl escaped from her mouth, she threw her head back. Her shape slowly changing as she began to run deep into the woods, to be swallowed again by the mist from which she had emerged.  

The souls of the lost, safe for another phase of the moon.

UTI’s in your pets.

Keep them happy and healthy.

Some useful information, especially with the rumour of warm weather to come, please make sure your pets have access to clean water at all times. Sometimes UTI’s can be caused just because they’re not drinking enough to flush their systems through.

The most common cause of lower urinary tract disease in many animals is bacterial cystitis. Cystitis is defined as any inflammation of the bladder wall, the usual cause for such inflammation is a bacterial infection.

Cystitis comes about when bacteria finds its way to the bladder either from the kidneys, through blood circulation or most commonly via the urethra, and such infections can be caused by a variety of reasons. Certain underlying medical conditions can predispose the body to these infections, such as Diabetes, Cushing’s disease and long-term steroid use. Additionally, physical abnormalities such as bladder stones, polyps, tumours can irritate the bladder lining making it more prone to infections.

In older dogs specifically, lower urinary tract disease can be caused by a weak urinary sphincter muscle. Fortunately, treatment for this condition is very effective.

Cystitis in cats is very common and also is easily treated. Feline idiopathic cystitis is inflammation of the bladder that is very common, especially in younger cats. While the cause is unknow, stress is thought to play a part.

Male cats that suffer with cystitis are at risk of developing a urinary blockage, which is a very serious condition requiring emergency treatment. If your cat is unable to urinate take them to your vets immediately. A bladder blockage can cause dangerous toxins to build up and, if left untreated, can be fatal. However, when treatment is carried out quickly  it is incredibly effective.

Here are a few signs to look out for:

Symptoms of urinary tract disease

  •         Frequent urination
  •         Inability to urinate/passing very small amounts
  •         Incontinence/accidents in house
  •         Blood in urine
  •         Crying out when urinating
  •         Straining to urinate
  •         Discomfort and licking the genital area
  •         Lethargy

If your pet is showing any of the above signs please contact your vet immediately.

Thank you to the Kennel Club for this information.


I was happy to be getting back to my writing, submerging myself back into the land of mystery and crime. It was good to be back, then it all stopped again. I decided I didn’t like the story.

So, time to write something new. Which I did. An idea was borne during a conversation with my tattooist. Again it felt good to be writing and in a new genre. I do love that feeling, the excitement of new ideas.

Then yet again it stopped and I returned to my original writing. So I find myself bouncing between the two stories, both engaging me. Both in my head fighting for the use of my fingers.

This writing lark can get very confusing at times…

Dog Easter Safety.

I’m sure most of you know this stuff, but just in case there’s anyone that doesn’t, it’s worth highlighting.

It’s so easy to want to give your dogs treats but Easter throws up lots of no-no’s.

If you are having an Easter egg hunt with your family this year, here are our top tips to make sure it is safe for your pets:

  • Count the number of eggs you are hiding and where you are hiding them so you can account for them when the egg hunt is over
  • Keep your pets out of the egg hunt area until all eggs are found, give them something exciting to do in another room like a puzzle feeder so they don’t feel left out
  • Make sure children know not to share their chocolate treats with your pets

Sweet treats

Along with chocolate, other Easter goodies are also toxic to our pets.

  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Sultanas

These can be found in hot cross buns and Simnel cake at this time of year, and are dangerous to pets, so make sure your furry friends can’t get their paws on them!

If you are planning to have an Easter roast, refrain from feeding your furry friend their portion. Some foods, such as roast potatoes and cheese sauce, aren’t dangerous for our pets but could easily upset your pet’s stomach, and they are high in fat so they will likely pile on the pounds with all those extra calories. Other foods are dangerous to our four-legged friends, such as onions, garlic, bones, and alcohol, and should never be given to our pets.  

Have a safe, happy, fun filled Easter.

Thanks to PDSA for this info.

Elegant Insults…

There’s nothing more satisfying than an elegant insult.

Clever, and if delivered correctly, you can walk away before they realise what you did.

Then there’s the quick comeback, very satisfying indeed.

Lady Astor: ‘Winston, if you were my husband, I would poison your coffee’

Churchill: ‘Nancy, if you were my wife, I should drink it’

Churchill was indeed a master at the witty comeback.

On one occasion, Churchill dealt with George Bernard Shaw in his usual way. Shaw wrote to Churchill:

‘I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play, bring a friend… if you have one’. To which he received the reply: ‘Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.’

Then there was this from John Wilkes.

The 4th Earl of Sandwich: ‘Sir, I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox’

John Wilkes: ‘That depends, my lord, on whether I embrace your lordship’s principles or your mistress’

There is always Shakespear to fall back on…

I’ll beat thee, but I would infect my hands.

Away, you starvelling, you elf-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish!

Let’s hope the art of the elegant insults never end.

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